Anna Maria
Dedicated November 2015

Hmm... what is your card box/holder at the wedding?

Anna Maria, on September 4, 2015 at 9:04 AM Posted in Style and Décor 0 35
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So with less than three months to go, it's time to finalize all the little details. My mom is obsessed with an idea of using a bird cage as our card holder. I do love this idea, but think it is a little random... maybe too vintag-y for our wedding? We don't have a theme. It's just a pretty classic, formal wedding! For the cocktail hour, guests escort cards are in front of different red wine bottles (with custom labels!)-- the wine bottle name is the table they will be at (e.g., instead of "Table 1" they will be at Table "Merlot" or "Pinot Noir", etc). But we aren't having a wine theme, we just thought it would be fun and different (and we both love wine, of course). I thought about instead of a bird cage, using a wine barrel like this one below. But my mom hated the idea Smiley sad she said it is too rustic and "country" for our wedding. Is she right? Also, I hate the price of these things... soo expensive! Smiley sad

Any other ideas? I guess I could do just a plain ole card box, buttttt idk.


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  • Elyse
    Master September 2015
    Elyse ·
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    I love that idea! We have a nautical wedding, so mine is something like this, but brown and no writing or handles because I'm lazy.


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  • RJmargo
    Master May 2016
    RJmargo ·
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    I actually really wanted to do what was pictured also (Brewery wedding), but I couldn't justify over $100 for a card box. I had bought a cheap paper card box, but then my mom and FHs nana convinced me to have my mom hold onto the cards. They were both afraid of someone getting into the box and taking cards. That being said, I would do a card box with a lock or that you have to rip open to get into. Don't do something like a birdcage as someone could easily walk off with a few cards.

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  • Maggie
    Devoted November 2016
    Maggie ·
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    These things are a small fortune! I've seen a couple at antique shops for less than etsy that you can turn into a card box but of course I didn't pick them up at the time. Grrr. So my advice is to look there. Love the ideas for the escort cards!

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  • Reese
    Master July 2015
    Reese ·
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    We just used a mailbox. We didn't paint it or anything. We also had a pretty classic wedding with no rustic undertones. It didn't fit any "theme"; I just thought it was cute and didn't want to think too much about a card box. I think it cost $20.

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  • P
    Devoted December 2015
    Private User ·
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    Here is mine. We have clean lines.


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  • Anna Maria
    Dedicated November 2015
    Anna Maria ·
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    @Maggie-- YES, that is such great advice! I am going to look around at antique shops. Don't know why I didn't think of that! Thank you!!!! Now just to convince mom...

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  • RH
    Master November 2014
    RH ·
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    I really like the idea of a wine barrel! Especially since you have the tables with wine names.

    This was our card box that DH made. I now have turned it into a planter on our front porch.


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  • Overkat
    VIP September 2016
    Overkat ·
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    FH is making this for ours

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Legend-of-Zelda-Treasure-chest-with-sound/

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  • beautyofdreams
    VIP August 2016
    beautyofdreams ·
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    DIY card box. my wedding is purple ombre theme.


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  • SummerS
    Master January 2016
    SummerS ·
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    We're just using your standard "traditional" card box...bought it from Etsy with a coordinating guest book. We really like it. They seem to be pretty expensive, but I was very happy with the quality when I saw it in person. I figure I'll use it to store/save our cards and any other small mementos from the day so it's not a complete waste of money Smiley smile


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  • Hannah
    Super September 2015
    Hannah ·
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    I think the wine barrel is cute but I hear you on the expensive part. I bought a vintage chocolate tin for $15 that I will reuse as a jewelry box after the wedding. Maybe you can find something else that fits with the wine idea and use it as a card box?

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  • Rose
    Expert September 2015
    Rose ·
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    Nothing fancy here, just a nice wicker box from TJ Maxx for $9 haha. Our wedding has a "formal rustic" theme to it (if that makes sense) so it works for us. I looked into a custom box on Etsy and prices were ridiculous. This made more sense to me.

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  • TisFinallyHappy
    VIP September 2015
    TisFinallyHappy ·
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    FH made this out of an old wine box.. In this picture its not finished but you get the idea..

    Edit: Photo didn't load at first


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  • Kathryn
    Master September 2015
    Kathryn ·
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    I made this house card box myself. The house has nothing to do with the wedding besides that I love houses. The colors match though!



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  • KellySD
    VIP September 2015
    KellySD ·
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    Ours is a lantern that my sister got me as a gift one year for Christmas. It won't have a candle in it obviously, but it will have some flowers around it (this is my photoshop mockup) and I'll have a small frame next to it that just says "Cards" inside.

    ETA the lantern is pretty big - probably about at least 18" high and 12" wide.


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  • -
    VIP February 2017
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    We wanted a red post box, but the only local ones to rent had been painted white or (it hurt to see this) baby pink.

    So we're going with an american mailbox (£36) mounted on an ornate post (£20 max.) - if we run out of time. I'm currently working on a WoW related one (will probably end up costing £50 in supplies)

    Amazon had some nice and cheap chests that could be easily customised (painted, stained, small modifications to the structure)



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  • Anna Maria
    Dedicated November 2015
    Anna Maria ·
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    All of y'alls ideas are so beautiful and creative. I've been looking on etsy for variations of all these, and it's bugging me how expensive these are! I don't think we'll be able to squeeze a fancy box out of our budget. I'm going to run to the antique store this weekend and see if i can find a fun Victorian treasure box. I think that would be a different and elegant option!

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  • Miss S Dot
    Expert October 2015
    Miss S Dot ·
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    My beauty. Just simple


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  • Overkat
    VIP September 2016
    Overkat ·
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    @Kathryn, I love your house! @MissSDot, that box is amazing...I might have to look for something like that if our chest doesn't work out.

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  • Ashley771
    Super October 2016
    Ashley771 ·
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    These are all do pretty! I love the house!!!

    I think we're either doing an antique suitcase or an old dynamite box.

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